Let's take a recap on Arsene words recently, saying there may be one more player coming in
“I can surprise you sometimes, as I got one in whom you did not expect, and there still might be one more player coming in”
And re-iterating it last week.
“We are not quite short, but one more body is possible.”
But in the last few days, Arsene’s kind of said he may or may not sign someone, but would be prepared to make a last minute signing.
“We are ready to stay up all night if it is needed. This season it is at midnight on September 1 so you never know. We have still a long time to go. There is always an acceleration of signings. You can see that when you watch TV. For a while they talk the talk and nothing happens. Then in the last four or five days every half an hour comes a headline saying someone has signed somewhere. We are out to look, if we find the right player we will do it. But I believe it’s more interesting for us to focus on our strengths and quality rather than looking outside. I know that makes headlines but it doesn’t make you win games. We do not need to strengthen but maybe for the numbers in the squad we can take one more player but no more.”
He’s also gone on to speak about the “poker game” which is deadline day.
“In the end, it’s a poker game. Who will be the winner, it’s always difficult to predict. But, from what I read, it’s £5million that is the difference and, at that level, £5million doesn’t make a difference any more. It usually finishes on [August] 31st with everybody going halfway, and everybody thinking they are the winner.”
And young Gael Clichy has also spoken on the possibility of a new signing and Arsene’s youth policy:
“Buying new players is up to the boss. He has shown everyone he is a great manager and if he feels the team needs one or two new players, then he will do it. If not, then I am sure we have the quality to do things. A few years ago, I was the young player waiting for a chance. It is good for the young players to have a chance and we have that quality in the squad. If the boss thinks we need more good, young players then he will buy, if not, we will make do with what we have got.”